Baked Potato in Air Fryer
Wait, can I make a baked potato in the air fryer? In a word, you bet (more than one word). Also, let’s see what those air fryers can do, right? If you own one, you want to put it to use.
So why would you use an air fryer to bake a potato? This is a very good question, and one I asked myself as I set up the machine. There are a few reasons one might want to do such a thing: it’s a nice option if you don’t want to heat up the oven, for one. Or maybe your oven is full, and you need an alternative way of cooking those spuds. And if you are a person who likes crispy potato skins on your baked potatoes, that another reason right there. And they take about 40 minutes, which is less time then they would take in the oven.
I thought they crisped up really nicely, especially with a light (light!) coating of oil and salt.
I did some research on whether or not you needed to pierce or stab potatoes before air frying them, and it was inconclusive. What I concluded, however, was that there seemed to be no harm in doing it, and for any of us who have cleaned up an oven or a microwave after an unpierced potato has exploded, it seemed like erring on the side of caution was a good move.
How to Cook a Baked Potato in an Air Fryer
Prick the potatoes in a few spots with a fork. You don’t have to stab them in a billion spots, three or four stabs seems good enough.
Rub the potatoes with oil, then rub them with salt, coating them evenly on all sides.
Place the potatoes in the air fryer. However many potatoes you are cooking, make sure they don’t touch.
Set the air fryer to 400 degrees and cook them for about 40 minutes, turning them as needed about halfway through as they start to brown on the top. Sometimes air fryers have a baked potato setting and you can go for that, though test them after to make sure they are done (see below).
When a fork or a knife slides in easily they are done. Cut them lengthwise down the top, squeeze to open them up, fluff up a bit with a fork, and top as you like. You can never go wrong with a pat of butter and some sour cream.
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You can make as many potatoes as will fit in an air fryer at one time. Just don’t crowd them – there needs to be space between them for the air to circulate. This depends on the size of your air fryer. It also may take more time if there are more potatoes.
Also good to know: How to Make a Perfect Baked Potato.
Other Delicious Air Fryer Recipes:
Other Potato Recipes You Need to Try:
- Dutch Oven Idaho Potatoes
- French Potato Salad
- Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
- The Best Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
- Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- Crispy Sauteed Potatoes
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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Prick the potatoes in a few spots with a fork. Rub the potatoes with the oil, then rub them with the salt, coating them evenly on all sides. Place them in the air fryer. Make sure the potatoes don’t touch.
- Set the air fryer to 400°F and cook them for about 40 minutes, turning them as needed about halfway through as they start to brown on the top. When a fork or a knife slides in easily they are done.
- Cut them lengthwise down the top, always halfway into the potato, give them a little squeeze to open them up, and top with your favorite toppings!
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